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Kenneth R. Hoffman papers



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Administrative Information

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Student Government

Student Committees


Subject Files


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Kenneth R. Hoffman papers, 1968-1980

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Primary Creator: Hoffman, Kenneth Robert

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series: I. Student Government, II. Student Committees, III. Acacia Fraternity, IV. Subject Files. The content of each series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically within each subject.

Date Acquired: 04/11/1983

Subjects: Acacia Fraternity - Rensselaer Chapter, Allen, Kenneth, 1857-1930, College students, College students - Political activity, Hoffman, Kenneth Robert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - History, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Interfraternity Council, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Student Council, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Students, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Student Senate

Forms of Material: Agendas (administrative records), Manuscripts, Minutes, Reports

Languages: English


The Hoffman papers consists of agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence, flyers, and ephemera from Hoffman's undergraduate years at R.P.I. The bulk of the material, 1969-1973 emphasizes an intense period of campus activity and change at Rensselaer regarding political issues on campus and nationally.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kenneth R. Hoffman papers (MC 18) span the years 1968-1980, with the bulk of the material, 1969-1973. The material consists of agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence, flyers, and ephemera. Hoffman’s undergraduate years were an intense period of activity and change at Rensselaer. Political issues such as shared governance, presidential selection process, inadequate library services, the 1970 National Student Strike; and social issues such as race relations, birth control and education were among the many items of debate on campus at this time. Anti-war activities and matters of the Requisites for a Technological University are especially well documented in this collection. Other records provide a sort of day in the life of an undergraduate student documenting academic curricula and fraternity, sports and social activities.

Biographical Note

Kenneth R. Hoffman entered Rensselaer in 1969 and graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1973. While a student, Hoffman participated in student government, fraternal organizations and various campus committees and special events. He served as secretary of his sophomore class, president of the Interfraternity Council, chair of the Ring Committee, secretary of Acacia, member of the Presidential Selection Committee, Dean of the School of Science Selection Committee, Honors Committee of the Board of Trustees, Freshman Orientation Committee, Committee for a Fine New Library, Requisites for a Technological University Steering Committee, Contingency Planning Committee and the Student Affairs Commission. Hoffman went on to medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Subject/Index Terms

Acacia Fraternity - Rensselaer Chapter
Allen, Kenneth, 1857-1930
College students
College students - Political activity
Hoffman, Kenneth Robert
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Fraternities
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - History
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Interfraternity Council
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Student Council
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Students
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Student Senate

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Box 6, Folder 18 is restricted to initiated brothers of Acacia.

Preferred Citation: Kenneth R. Hoffman papers, MC 18. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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[Series I: Student Government],
[Series II: Student Committees],
[Series III: Acacia],
[Series IV: Subject Files],
[Series V: Miscellany, 1969-1973],

Series V: Miscellany, 1969-1973Add to your cart.
Item 1: Drumstick from Santana concert, 1970Add to your cart.
Oversized Folder 2: PostersAdd to your cart.
One Iron Butterfly poster, five "A Psychology Today" posters, one "A Library Crisis" poster from 1971, and two additional miscellaneous posters.

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[Series I: Student Government],
[Series II: Student Committees],
[Series III: Acacia],
[Series IV: Subject Files],
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